NHRA Youth and Education Program Celebrates 30th Season by Increasing Focus on S.T.E.M. Education

NHRA YES Program

GLENDORA, CA – December 14, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, presented by the U.S. Army, will feature a stronger focus on S.T.E.M education in 2018 as it enters into its 30th season. Next year will also see an expansion in the YES Program schedule with a presence at 16 out of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events.

Since beginning the YES Program in 1989, NHRA has reached hundreds of thousands of students across the nation to provide quality educational programming onsite at its national drag racing events. As the only full-time educational program in motorsports, participants in the YES Program explore various career opportunities within the world of drag racing while gaining an understanding of the important role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math play in almost every aspect of the sport. Through demonstrating first hand experiences related to S.T.E.M. education, students are made aware of the myriad of career opportunities that drag racing offers in these fields.

“Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Army, NHRA’s YES Program continues to flourish, reaching tens of thousands of students each year,” said Glen Cromwell, NHRA senior vice president, media and marketing. “We want to continue that momentum with a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These fields are fundamental for the future and NHRA drag racing offers a myriad of career paths related to S.T.E.M. education.”

“The U.S. Army is proud to partner with the NHRA on the YES program, which allows thousands of students to explore highly sought-after career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Elizabeth Wilson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “The program aligns with our mission to promote S.T.E.M. education amongst today’s youth and demonstrates how that education can be applied in the real world like in the racing industry or in the Army.”

The full schedule of YES Program events is listed below. To arrange a press visit to an event, please contact [email protected]. To learn more about NHRA Youth and Education Services, visit www.nhra.net/YES.

NHRA YES Program, Presented by U.S. Army 2018 Schedule

  • Feb. 6 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com Pomona, Calif.
  • Feb. 23 NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, Ariz.
  • March 16 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla.
  • April 6 DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Las Vegas
  • April 20 NHRA SpringNationals Houston
  • April 27 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte, N.C.
  • May 4 NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta
  • May 18 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Topeka, Kan.
  • June 1 Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters Chicago
  • June 8 NHRA Summernationals Englishtown, N.J.
  • Aug. 31 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Indianapolis
  • Sep. 14 Dodge NHRA Nationals Reading, Pa.
  • Sep. 21 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals St. Louis
  • Oct. 5 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Dallas
  • Oct. 12 NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, N.C.
  • Nov. 8 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif.

About the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG)

The Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) is the U.S. Army’s national marketing, marketing research and analysis. The AMRG develops innovative and effective ways to: connect with the American public and make the Army more accessible and understood; increase awareness of both the benefits and value of Army service; and motivate the most qualified candidates to choose the Army as their service of choice.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, CA, NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. National Hot Rod Association provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association